Now citizens, private sector and community organisations can use the platform to better understand what is happening in the region and help the council protect and enhance Otago’s resources.
This world-leading platform is available to other organisations also seeking the same benefits of open data.
This is a very ground breaking and innovative project. The vision we have is to give people access to all of our data and give them sensible ways to view and chart the data, or look at it on a map. It’s giving much wider access to a much wider set of data than anyone else is doing. We want other organisations to use this platform and we have designed it so that it can easily be shared and extended.
Robert Body, IT Manager, Otago Regional Council
The platform collects data from several ORC systems including Hilltop and Accela, and uploads the data to the Cloud. The data can be searched, compared, charted and mapped with the platform’s online reporting and visualisation tools.
The data is also available in machine-readable format (OData) that can be freely used by anyone for any purpose simply by attributing ORC as the data source. OData works with familiar tools like Excel and also makes it easy to build new applications that make use of the data.
Data available on the ORC platform includes consents of various types, sea and river level, and water and air quality information, however the platform is capable of storing any kind of structured data.
The Open Data Platform is built in the Cloud using Microsoft Windows Azure technologies and uses ESRI mapping technologies which are integrated with the ORC ESRI imagery to geographically visualise and search for data.
Windows Azure provides the instant, cost effective, scalable and robust infrastructure to host the platform and the millions of rows of ORC data gathered over 40 years.
River level information is one of the data sets available on the Open Data Platform
This project was one of three finalists in the Windows Azure Solution category of the Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards 2013, and was a runner up in the 2014 ALGIM awards, in the Excellence in Innovation category.